Ah The Normans… how I love you.
This rustic Yorkshire wedding venue has it all. An 18th century working farm, it has been in The Robinson family for three generations. Oliver and Laura got married there and realised they wanted to share their amazing farm - their wedding venue - with other couples looking to get married.
Set in rural North Yorkshire, just outside York, The Normans is surrounded by incredible views and stunning landscapes. One of my favourite things about The Normans is how they have kept all the rustic details of a working farm - simple cow stalls, exposed stone work, huge wooden barn doors and the amazing agricultural landscape - and given it a contemporary twist with a modern courtyard, the marquee style Grain Shed and the hundreds of fairy lights that adorn the walls.
Come rain or shine, the venue lends itself to the ultimate wedding celebration. Your day will be taken care of to the nth degree by the incredible team on site. The Normans is family run and from the moment you arrive you are made to feel one of the family. It really is a home away from home. In fact, I have now shot so many weddings at this beautiful venue that it feels like my second home!
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One of the best things about The Normans is that it is great for weddings whatever the season, whatever the weather. I’ve experienced The Normans on the hottest of July days (I think Charley and Sam hold the record for the hottest wedding ever!) and the rainiest of October days. On a sunny day The Courtyard is the perfect reception spot - especially with an acoustic band playing. On days where the weather is looking a little iffy then The Tack Bar and Cow Stalls are so cosy and great for guests to shelter away from any wind, rain or snow!
As the seasons change and it starts to get darker earlier I love working with couples to make sure they still have all the portraits, moments and memories that they’re looking forward to. I’ll always remember Vicky and Alex’s autumn wedding at The Normans, they were holding a late ceremony so chose to forego tradition and have a first look in the Barn. The Barn itself looked incredible, lit by candles and fairy lights with deep orange and green flowers lining the aisle. I’ll never forget how Alex’s face lit up when he saw Vicky walk in, it was such a beautiful moment for them to share.
Elopements at The Normans
Whilst The Normans is fantastic for big wedding celebrations it also lends itself perfectly to elopements and microweddings as well.
Steph and James held an intimate wedding ceremony at The Normans, in the Cow Stalls. They held hands and made their vows, watched by just a handful of family and friends. There’s something so special about an elopement or microwedding. More and more couples are opting for them and the team at The Normans pull out all the stops to give couples their dream day, whatever the size of wedding they’re planning.
The Normans wedding photographer
I love getting booked for weddings at The Normans, I think I’ve photographed more weddings there than at any other venue! I’m certainly not complaining, it’s a fantastic venue and perfect for couples looking for a rustic barn wedding. I know the layout, the lighting and the vast photography opportunities like the back of my hand. This gives me the added confidence, each time I photograph a wedding there, to push myself out of my comfort zone and find something new to experiment with. From the moment I step into the Bridal Cottage in the morning there’s a buzz of excitement and anticipation in the air. As everything is on site - the Bridal Cottage, the Ceremony Barn and the reception areas - there’s no need to worry about traffic holdups or sorting wedding transport. It’s so lovely for couples and guests just to relax and enjoy every minute of their day with no additional stress!
The Normans is a real blank canvas, couples can add as many or as few extra touches as they like and really stamp their personality all over it. I always enjoy walking in and seeing how couples have decorated the venue and made it their own. Alice and Oliver had a doughnut wall (yum!) and Gabrielle and Danny decorated the Grain Shed with some RAF inspired accessories including some model airplanes dotted around. If you prefer a more minimalist look though then the exposed walls of the barn, the concrete modern courtyard and the charming, cosy Cow Stalls look perfect just as they are.
I’m back at The Normans a few times over this summer and I can’t wait. If you’re planning your wedding there, or at any other Yorkshire wedding venue, then I would love to hear from you and find out all about your plans.
Here are just a few of my favourite moments from the huge range of weddings I’ve shot at The Normans over the last few years.
Some recent wedding adventures at The Normans
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